HOLMES, Charles R. Jr. Of Dorchester, died December 7, 2020, age 64 years.
Charlie was born November 7, 1956 in Claremont, NH, the 3rd of 9 children.
He attended St Mary Catholic School, Stevens High School, and Boston University.
He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Joan Holmes, sister Denise Cummings, and niece Robin Flaig.
He is survived by 7 sisters and brothers; Joanie Holmes of Florida, Michael Holmes and wife Kim of Massachusetts, Susan Walker Perkins and husband Doug of New Hampshire, Patricia Fullam and husband Randy of Vermont, Joseph Holmes and wife Jennifer of Pennsylvania, Peter Holmes and Julie of Florida, Michele Costello and husband Rick of New Hampshire,
and several nieces and nephews.
As a boy he delivered newspapers and worked at Woolworth's Department Store while in high school.
In 1985 he left an auditing position to build a business investing in real estate. Along with his partner, he spent many years practicing sweat equity making worthy old buildings in the Boston area look great again.
He loved traveling with friends, experiencing places such as Budapest and France and was once overwhelmed by a heard of elephants while riding a motorcycle in Thailand. He also enjoyed trips to Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Turkey as well as many other destinations. He shared this love of travel with family once taking his mother on a trip to England. He often hosted adventures around Boston for family including seeing the tall ships, going on a whale watch, visiting the aquarium and museums and one particularly cold First Night event.
He had a passion for cooking. He was awarded a culinary degree from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and was always happy to pull friends together around a good meal or amazing dessert for lively evenings and good company.
Eventually, Charlie settled in the Ashmont Hill neighborhood of Dorchester where he made many friends. He enjoyed this close knit community taking part in neighborhood cleanup and yard sales as well as the movable feast and holiday party, often making some sort of delicious dish. He was on the board of the neighborhood association for several years and served as its treasurer.
He enjoyed reading, discussing politics, and "digging in the dirt". He surrounded his home with lovely gardens. Charlie had a discerning eye for good restoration work and a good eye for collecting lovely things. His home was on the Historical House Tour in 2016.
Charlie enjoyed attending Masses at Saint Cecilia Catholic Church and at times helped out with such things as planting bulbs.
Due to the current health situation, there will be a private Funeral Mass in St. Cecilia Church in Boston and a private interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester.
You are invited to view Charlie's Funeral Mass on Monday, December 14th at 11 A.M. by following this link: https://youtu.be/cDqZHwmHFgc.
For guestbook, please visit www.jmurphyfh.com. Arrangements by the Murphy Funeral Home, DORCHESTER.